“If I take the wings of the morning and settle at the farthest limits of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me fast.”
Psalm 139: 9-10
Gracious God, it is by your power we are able to stand. It is by your grace we are able to abound and it is by your mercy we are able to live. It is because of your presence our hearts are secured.
When we thought we were all alone, you whispered that you would never leave us nor forsake us. When we thought all seemed lost, the Sonlight of love broke through our darkness.
Forgive us when organized our pity parties and invited others to share in the desperate moments when fear gripped our hearts. Forgive us when we pouted and doubted your presence and power.
Lift the scales from our eyes so that we can see you working behind the scenes of our lives. Elevate our vision to the mountaintops, enabling us to scale the heights and leave the land of pity parties behind. In Jesus name, renew our rejoicing.
MORNING, NOON AND NIGHT
The challenge of the Lenten season is to turn aside or step away from the hustle and bustle of daily life to launch into a deeper relationship with God. The Psalmist declares “Deep calls to the deep” and this is your invitation to eschew the bane of our age, superficiality, and dig deeper into the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and study. (Psalm 42:7)
Daniel prayed three times per day in the face of great opposition. (Daniel 6:10) You are invited to do the same morning, noon and night. The moment of prayer can be as long as you are led or it can be a pregnant pause. Pray upon rising. Talk to God before you talk to anyone else. Pray at the noon hour and before calling it quits at the end of the day.
Every Thursday at 6 AM CST/ 7 AM EST Lenten Lessons will be offered by calling 1-218-936-2800 Access Code: 812713. For a few early morning minutes you can join people from all across the country in prayer and study. (Daniel 9: 3)
Daniel prayed and he also fasted. At the end of the fast he was able to understand visions and dreams of all kinds. (Daniel 1: 15-17 and Daniel 10) This is your invitation to join the Daniel Fast. More information can be found at www.thisisyourwakeupcallonline.com/2011/03/03/join-the-journey/. Always consult your physician before starting a fast.
Distractions will call your name when you begin to dig deeper into the spiritual disciplines of prayer, fasting and God’s word. You may not have a lot of support from family and friends. Disappointment can set in if you are looking for instant change or answers. Remember, this is an opportunity to develop or enhance your life through spiritual transformation, a way of life empowered by spiritual disciplines a journey toward Christian maturity.
Join the Lenten Journey today. You can share your prayer experiences and transformational testimonies in the comment section or at email@example.com.